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Guest Presenters: Maree Adshead, Terri Cooper, Paula Brand, Tanya Meessmann - The Influence of Women in Business and Leadership: Panel Discussion

What does the rising influence of Women mean for business and for defining leadership?

An important conversation for both men and women in business. 

How can we leverage everyone's strengths for greater prosperity and community?  

A panel discussion to celebrate International Women's Day. 

Your Panelists are:

Maree Adshead
Maree Adshead is Queensland's inaugural Small Business Champion, a role which enables Maree to give voice to the challenges and needs of the approximately 426,000 small businesses of Queensland and ensure they are brought to the forefront of Government policy and decision-making.
Mareeā€™s career began in the legal profession, as partner of a tier one national law firm. Ten years later, she co-founded a successful software start-up which received multiple awards for excellence in innovation.
More recently, as founding CEO of the Open Data Institute Australian Network both Maree and the institute have been recognised as leaders in bringing business, industry, academia and government together to utilise government data as a strategic resource.

Terri Cooper
Terri ran her own small business for 15 years and founded the Australian Small Business Group in 2008. She currently sits on a Small Business Policy Advisory Committee and has provided policy advice to government representatives. 
Terri has provided media commentary on the challenges for small business and continuously advocates for the importance of small business in the wider economy and is passionate about the important role small business plays in our economy.  Terri was also on the Board of Bravehearts for 6 years.

Paula Brand
Paula Brand is the CEO of the Small Business Expos which runs six business expos across South Queensland and in 2020 into NSW. The Expos connect over 8000 business owners face to face at one day business to business marketplaces. 
As collaborative events, the Expos team works with over 60 business industry groups, councils and sponsors and 11 charities to help generate $7.5 million in sales leads this year for small businesses across the region. Paula Brand has 25 years of industry development experience across Queensland and Australia and has worked in 12 industry sectors.

Tanya Meessmann
After 2 decades working here and overseas as a Communication expert and Film Producer, Tanya Meessmann has returned to her home state to start a powerful organisation transforming the confidence and aspirations of teen girls. 
FUEL Girl Shaped Flames connects girls in high school with Extraordinary Women across all industries through for Q&As, workshops and mentoring.  2019 sees the launch of their first Camp Courage: a unique 3-day residential experience designed to provide the girls tools to develop their own sense of self awareness, confidence and courage to reach their goals.

The Influence of Women in Business and Leadership: Panel Discussion



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